The Interim Resource Management Assistance (IRMA) is intended to strengthen the ability of Aboriginal communities in unsettled claim areas of the Northwest Territories to participate in land and resource management activities affecting their land use areas.
In particular, IRMA supports First Nation and Métis groups to participate in consultations associated with regulatory processes, environmental assessments, and resource management policy and legislation, and assists in establishing and retaining capacity in communities.
IRMA consists of two components: base funding and resource pressures funding. Base funding is allocated on a per capita basis. Eligible organizations may also submit proposals for resource pressures funding to cover additional costs related to major project developments. Groups are encouraged to submit joint proposals to maximize available resources.
The IRMA committee allocates resource pressures funding according to the merits of the proposals.